September 13, 2018

The Eternal Season - Sedge's 2018 Hawkeye Football Game Notes, Week 3: Northern Iowa @ Iowa

Sedge's Hawkeye Football Game Notes - 2018 Edition
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Iowa’s Record: 2-0, 0-0 Big Ten, 0-0 B1G West 
Iowa’s Rankings:
AP: 23 votes
Coaches: 15 votes 
College Football Playoff:
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2018 IOWA FOOTBALL SCHEDULE*
*Times Eastern

September 1st, Northern Illinois, WIN 33-7
September 8th, Iowa State, WIN 13-3
September 15th, Northern Iowa, 7:30 pm,  BTN
September 22nd, •Wisconsin, 8:30 pm, FOX
October 6th, @ •Minnesota, 3:30 or 4:00 pm, TBD
October 13th, @ Indiana, 12:00 pm, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2
October 20th, Maryland, 12:00 pm, TBD Homecoming
October 27th, @ Penn State, TBD
November 3rd, @ •Purdue, TBD
November 10th, •Northwestern, TBD
November 17th, @ •Illinois, TBD
November 23rd (Friday), •Nebraska, 12:00 pm, FOX

•Big Ten West Division Game

December 1st, 2018
2018 Big Ten Title Game
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis  


Scouting next opponent
September 15th, BYU @ Wisconsin, 3:30 pm, ABC

*Wondering which BTN channel we are on? Click, enter, find.
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September 15th, #21 FCS Northern Iowa, 0-1, 0-0 Missouri Valley
Previous Meetings: 17, Iowa leads 16-1
Last Meeting: 2014, Panthers 23 Hawkeyes 31

Kinnick Color of the Week: None - go with Black

Current Line: Iowa (no line for FBS v FCS)

Stanley Passing TD Count (record 27) 1

Turnover Margin: +2,  B1G #3 FBS #29

Interceptions: 1, B1G #10, FBS #74

Hawkeye Stat Pack - 2018 season to date
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Offense
Total   311.5  Pass 154.5  Rush 157.0  Scoring 23.0
B1G    #13           #13                #11              #11
FBS    #112       #111               #81              #94
Defense  
Total   199.5  Pass 139.5 Rush 60.0     Scoring 5.0
B1G    #1             #4              #3                  #1
FBS    #5             #17            #4                  #2
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B1G WEST STANDINGS
Iowa                   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Wisconsin   2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Minnesota     2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Illinois            2-0, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Northwestern   1-1, 1-0 B1G, 1-0 B1G West
Nebraska             0-1, 0-0 B1G, 0-0 B1G West
Purdue             0-2, 0-1 B1G, 0-1 B1G West

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WEEK 2: Iowa State

This week, we lead off with the Hawkeye defense.  After two weeks, it is looking like this is the kind of Iowa defense that could give the Hawks a chance to win - every game.

After the Clones got a 1st and goal at the Iowa 3 on their first possession, the Hawkeye defense employed the classic bend but don’t break, and when the Clones faced a 4th and goal from the 1, the Kinnick fans made so much noise that ISU had a false start, and had to take the chip shot field goal.  I suppose they thought there would be more scoring done by their offense in this one.

But they would never get any closer to the Iowa goal line than the Hawkeye 43, that was the drive where they tried the 4th and 1  pass to Butler that was broken up by Hesse, who tipped the pass at the line.  

The Hawkeye defense only gave ISU 188 net yards, and held the future NFL tailback Montgomery to 44 yards on 17 carries.  For the day, ISU (with the sacks subtracted ) ISU gained 19 net yards rushing, for an average of 0.8 per tug.  Bullies of Big Ten seem to be back in Iowa City.

Yes, the Epenesa the Younger to Golston sack/fumble/recovery was it again in week 2, as A.J. knocked the ball out of the backup QB’s hand for the 2nd time in two weeks.  Let’s see the trifecta Saturday A.J.!

Before he was knocked out Kempt was 15 for 21, but for just 126 yards (8.4 per completion), as Iowa kept ISU in front of them and did not allow really any downfield passes (or runs, for that matter).

The 10 points that the Hawkeye defense has given up to date (the 7 NIU got was against the 3rd and 4th team D) is the lowest total points allowed by any FBS school that has completed 2 games.

There is news today that UNI is uncertain which QB is going to start on Saturday.  With the chaos the Iowa defense has been causing in the backfield, I’m not sure if either guy really wants to start.  More on that in the preview below.

As the offense has a way to go, at least there were some brief flashes of the potential last week.  

Nate was 16 for 28 for 166, with no picks, but also no td passes in this one.  Well, he may have - the officials completely blew it on the end zone pass to Fant, where the defender leaped up into his body before the ball arrived, never making a single effort to turn around and locate the ball.  Live it was completely obvious pass interference in the end zone, even more egregious in the slow mo.  How the Big 12 crew blew that is beyond us, that is supposed to be the pass happy conference.  

But he did hit that pass to ISM for 45 on the post route, and then on the scoring drive, the sweet touch to drop the ball into the lap of Smith, CAUGHT!  (finally), and taken down inside the 5.  Nate ran the Hawks up to the line and ran the no huddle, and ISU could not stop Sargent going around the far corner from 2 yards out, the one touchdown on the day.   That pass for Smith was for 30 yards, and maybe now he has turned the corner and will be a legal threat on the outside.

The booth described Iowa doing the Big 12 to the Big 12 team with the no huddle.  That scoring drive started at the Iowa 17, and when Sargent scored at 4:47 of the 4th, all that was left to do was the crying for ISU.

Hockenson had 6 catches for 33 yards, he is turning into the Tight End version of First Down.

Fant, 4 for 31, and he was kept out of the end zone, which is supposed is note worthy.  That should be corrected this week.

Easley had 1 for 15, but it seemed that he and Nate had about 3 more that should have connected but did not.

Groeneweg, Ross and Cooper all had 1 catch for 5, 4, and 3 yards respectively.  A good day at spreading the ball around for Nate, just need to see some more deep passes to really open up the Iowa running game.

It does seem that Stanley has improved on tracking his 2nd and 3rd options after the first one is ruled out.  He has done a better job at looking off safeties and coming to a different target, now we just need he and the wideouts to be on the same page and have more success down the field as we did on those two passes last week.

Rushing, Young 21 for 68, with a long of 11, and Sargent 11 for 25, and the two yard td.  Running yards were hard to come by, a credit to the ISU defense.  IKM is not on the 2 deep again this week as he recovers from a sore ankle.  Good, let’s have him ready for the Badgers.

Special teams, Receinos was just 2 for 4 in field goals, tho one would have been a career high 50 yards (that one was long enough, just wide right). We are going to need him to hit everything inside of 45 going forward.

And don’t look now, but Rastetter is the 3rd best punter in the country, in average kick. He did do a good job of flipping the field and and forcing ISU to start deep in their own end, which got the Kinnick faithful to crank up the volume to 11.

So Iowa kept the CyHawk Trophy for the 4th year straight, the 4 year seniors have never lost to ISU.  The last time someone won 4 straight in this series, it was the 15 straight.  Good times, those were.

Iowa has one more week to find the groove on the offense, and this would be a good time to find it.  

Week 3: Northern Iowa

The Panthers are still lead by Mark Farley, he is now in his 18th season there, and has 142 wins, which makes him the winningest coach at his school (where he played in the mid 80s).  

As mentioned up top, Farley has a bit of a QB question on his hands.  Dunne #14 a senior, started the 1st game at Montana.  But midway through the 3rd quarter he was just 5 of 20 for 24 yards, and he was replaced by backup QB Howell, #11, also a senior.  He went on to lead UNI to the 23 points they would score, only to fall, 26-23.

To counter the rather anemic QB play, the Panthers rushed 40 times but only for 104 net.   

Which could present a problem for UNI Saturday.  If they can’t really run the ball, then the Iowa D line can just surge ahead hunting QB scalps.

Montana then went on to beat Drake, 48-16.  Montana, an FCS school, has a total defense ranked 26th, nationally.  But only 88th in net rushing with just over 96 per.

So, we really can’t tell a lot about UNI, that was a road game for them, out west, where B1G schools often struggle.  Then last week, as Iowa was defeating ISU in the State of Iowa Football Championship semifinal, UNI had a bye into the title game.  Interesting time for a bye, but I guess it gave them time to try and work out their QB problems.  And rest.

(Of note, Dunne was the starter last year, but missed some time due to injury, when Howell filled in. So Iowa has plenty of game tape of both QBs).

The Panthers have made some of the games with Iowa interesting of late, none more interesting than the two blocked field goal game of 2009.  But the only time the have beat Iowa was the very first time the played - 1898, 11-5 over the Hawkeyes.  The biggest margin, Iowa 95, UNI 0, in 1914.

In fact, the 23 they scored in the last game was the most they have ever scored against the Hawks.  But that Iowa defense was not like this one.

Hawks hold UNI to 185 yards net, and forces 4 turnovers, as Stanley hits 4 passing tds en route to 265 passing, and Young and Sargent each go over 100 on the ground, as Iowa turns the corner on offense and puts the fear into the Badgers.  Hawkeyes 51, Panthers 10.

GO HAWKS!!!

SEDGE

DAVE SEDGWICK
NY Metro Iowa Alumni Club

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